Watermelon Slushy

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Ahhhhh, I don’t know what says summer more than a watermelon, eh?  I love cutting half way into a fresh ripe watermelon and then let it crack open.  And of course right after I cut it, I slice off a nice hunk of watermelon, smack dab in the center, yum! Everyone does this right?

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My family and I have been devouring at least one watermelon each week.  And besides watermelon, another one of my kids’ favorite treats are slushies. So . . my wheels started to turn and I decided makeover our slushy with this power food, watermelon!

For a serving size of almost two cups (1 3/4 cups to be exact), watermelon is extremely filling for only a whopping 80 calories!   This summer-refreshing food is an excellent source of vitamin A and C plus it is loaded with lycopene, a cancer-fighting carotenoid, woohoo! Studies have shown lycopene to help reduce a number of cancers including: prostate, ovarian, cervical, esophageal, oral, pharyngeal, stomach, colorectal, lung and pancreatic.

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I really wanted to make this slushy simple and let the watermelon do its wonderful magic! So . .. I used all the juices at the bottom of the watermelon container and put them into ice cube trays.  Or in my case I didn’t have any clean trays so I used a cupcake pan. I also need to buy a mesh strainer because I was not able to get out all the seeds, oh well.

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Next I dumped those watermelon cubes into my blender with a couple cap-fulls of lemon juice and a couple packets of stevia.

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I did add some extra watermelon juice and a tad more ice.  Now it is time to blend!

I was thinking next time I should make an adult version of this slushy with some watermelon vodka I have in the cabinet, eh?  Smile

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This little treat was so refreshing and even the kids gobbled it up!  We didn’t finish all this yummy-ness so I froze the rest of the slushy in a pan.  Then on the next day I made it into a granita! Granita is just a fancy word for block of (usually fruit) ice shaved with a fork.

Watermelon Slushy

Ingredients

2 cups fresh seedless watermelon
2 cup frozen watermelon cubes
3/4 cups watermelon juice
1/2 cup ice cubes
2 tbsp lemon juice
2-3 packets stevia

Preparation

Blend all ingredients together and enjoy!

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